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KCS shows academic gains for second straight year

For the second year in a row, KCS has posted academic gains in both achievement and academic growth. Test scores released today show that 75% of KCS schools met or exceeded the state’s academic growth expectations. In addition, KCS posted improvement in the percentage of students passing all subjects for the second straight year.  

 

“I’m proud of the progress we’re making with our students.” said Dr. Chip Buckwell, KCS Superintendent. “We’re showing consistent growth and making steady gains in achievement. We still have more progress to make, and we’re not where we want to be yet, but we’re doing the right things to raise achievement and help our kids succeed. With the educators and programs we have in place, I know we’ll continue to see even more improvement.”  

 

The chart below shows a summary of the test scores released today by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI).  The numbers in green show all the areas where KCS made gains in 2018-2019.

School Name

School Performance Grade

Academic Growth Status

Achievement Composite

 

Growth Composite

Overall Performance Composite

Forest Park Elementary

C

Met

59.6%

78.5%

63%

Fred L. Wilson Elementary

C

Met

52.3%

82.4%

58%

G.W. Carver Elementary

D

Met

46.8%

76.0%

53%

Jackson Park Elementary

C

Exceeds

50.6%

93.0%

59%

Shady Brook Elementary

C

Met

48.7%

78.2%

55%

Woodrow Wilson Elementary

D

Met

47.4%

81.5%

54%

Kannapolis Middle School

D

Not Met

47.6%

60.8%

50%

A.L. Brown High School

C

Not Met

55.4%

53.2%

55%

 

The chart above includes School Performance Grades for each school. The North Carolina legislature requires using test scores to give every school in the state a School Performance Grade. For K-8 schools, 80% of their grade is based on end of grade test results while just 20% is based on academic growth. At the high school level, 80% of the grade is based on results from a variety of performance measures: end of course tests, ACT scores, WorkKeys results, the percentage of students successfully completing higher- level math, and the four-year graduation rate. For A.L. Brown High School, the four-year graduation rate remained above 80%. In 2018-2019, it was 81.6%. Only 20% of a high school’s grade is based on how much academic growth students make.

The chart above also shows an Achievement Composite for each school. That number reflects how many students scored at or above a level 3 on standardized tests, and it makes up 80% of the school’s grade. The Growth Composite shows how much academic improvement students made in one school year. Those results show solid academic growth for nearly every KCS school in 2018-2019. However, that growth only makes up 20% of each school’s letter grade.

Kannapolis City Schools also showed improvement in nearly every subject area for the 2018-19 school year. The chart below shows that overall achievement increased by 1.3 percentage points, and K-8 achievement rose by a little more than two percentage points. KCS also saw strong increases in End of Grade Science and high school Biology.

Achievement by Subject

KCS Total % proficient

(Levels 3–5)

Comparison to 2018 KCS proficiency rates

All subjects

46.3

+1.3

End of Grade Tests

49.7

+2.1

Math

42.3

+1.1

Reading

49.2

+0.1

Science

73.0

+10.6

End of Course Tests

33.8

-1.6

High School Math

29.7

N/A

(no similar comparison to 2018 available)

Biology

43.6

+13.6

English II

39.8

-0.8

 

Some of the steps KCS has taken to raise achievement over the past two years include adding magnet programs, providing additional support for teachers, students, and principals, and adding more programs and opportunities for students. Besides magnet programs in Global Studies, Language Immersion, and A+ Arts, KCS has added courses in Information Technology, Graphic Design, Engineering, Robotics, and multiple apprenticeship opportunities for students.

Superintendent, Dr. Chip Buckwell, says providing more opportunities for students is leading to higher achievement. “For the past several years, we have focused on making sure our kids have every opportunity to succeed. When we add programs, we help students find more areas where they can excel, and we keep them engaged in school. We’re seeing benefits in the form of higher student achievement, and I’m really proud of the opportunities we’re giving our kids.”  

Other elementary-level programs the district has added include Classrooms of Tomorrow, Real School Gardens, and Learn Well/Live Well. KCS also has added STEM programs at all schools and has provided extra professional development for all teachers that’s focused on making sure students get a deeper understanding of all their subjects.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has posted additional data for schools, districts, and the state at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/. The information released today will be included in the North Carolina School Report Card, which will be sent to all parents in October.